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Options for replacing a tooth

Missing teeth are replaced for functional (talking, smiling and eating), esthetic (appearance) and health reasons (breaking up food to ensure good digestion). The choice of tooth replacement depends on the position in the mouth, the condition of the neighboring teeth and, most of all, the number of missing teeth.

Benefits at a glance

  • Re-establishes function and esthetics of missing teeth
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Maintains your smile

There are several options for tooth replacement: removable dentures, a fixed bridge or single implant placement therapy. Conventional bridges or prostheses are fixed on existing teeth, but requires the reduction of healthy tooth structure. Implants allow for existing teeth to be preserved in terms of functionality and esthetics.

 

Conventional treatment

The conventional treatment of missing teeth with a bridge requires the grinding of healthy neighboring teeth to securely anchor the new tooth. With this approach, healthy tooth structure is lost. If the gap from the missing tooth is too large or the dentition is missing too many teeth to attach a bridge, the only option is a partial prosthesis. Conventional complete prostheses, or dentures, are worn in place of all missing teeth.

Treatment with dental implants

Using an implant provides significant advantages over conventional dentures. Instead of grinding neighboring teeth, the implant is simply positioned where the gap is.
Thus, the implant can function effortlessly like a natural tooth. 

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